Charlie Sheen has made it clear where he stands in the 15-year battle between Axl Rose and his former Guns N' Roses bandmates. At the ceremony to honor former GnR guitarist Slash with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, the "Anger Management" actor got in a dig at the "Welcome to the Jungle" singer, who is well known for his jerky antics onstage and off. "You know, it's quite fitting, I think, that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on," Sheen, who attended a Rose-fronted GnR concert in L.A. in March, joked during his speech to fans gathered in front of the Hard Rock Café.
Slash, 46, quit GnR in 1996, three years after the original band released its last album, The Spaghetti Incident?, which was all cover songs. Prior to that, the wild-haired rocker claimed that Rose had put himself in charge of writing all the band's new material, as opposed to doing it as a group. In an open letter on the GnR official website, Rose called the recorded songs, which were later all scrapped, a "Slash album." He added, "We still needed the collaboration of the band as a whole to write the best songs ... none of that happened." Less than a year after Slash departed, drummer Matt Sorum was fired from the band by Rose and three months later, bassist Duff McKagan also quit. All three went on to form Velvet Revolver with former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland (who was fired from the group in 2008 and has since rejoined STP) and had massive success of their own.
In April, Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. Rose skipped the ceremony and even went as far as to implore that he not be included in the honor. In his place, Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy performed "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Paradise City," and "Mr. Brownstone" with original band members Slash, McKagan, Sorum, Gilby Clarke, and Steven Adler.
Rose has carried on Guns N' Roses with all new members — but the bad blood remains. Last month during the band's tour, he instructed his security team to ban any fan wearing a Slash T-shirt from his shows.
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